This Blogfest is the brainchild of Teralyn Rose Pilgrim. For a full list of all the participants, check out her blog, A Writer's Journey. Here's the skinny:
*Pick your top five favorite books
*Between Jun 20 and 22, write one line of what each book is about and then write one line of why you liked it. Think of it like a twitter pitch for other people’s work. Semi-colons are cheating, but you can use them anyway.
*Go to other blogs and discuss the books.
*If you do not keep a blog, put your challenge in the comments on the day of the event.
I'm always game for a top five list. If you're a new reader, come back and check out my Fast Five Fridays. The Twitter pitch idea caught my attention, so let me see if I can pull that off.
5) Geek Love, Katherine Dunn: The owners of a traveling circus alter the genes of their children, breeding the ultimate money-making freak show.
The premise is outrageous on the surface, but it is spot-on satire if you look a little deeper.
4) The Book Thief, Markus Zusak: A young girl learns the power of the written word in Nazi Germany.
Zusak's language is unique and frequently profound, and the story is disarmingly beautiful.
3) The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger: Teen angst at it's very best.
There's nothing phony about Holden Caulfield.
2) The Road, Cormac McCarthy: A father and son struggle to survive a post-apocalyptic wasteland.
Parents guide their kids down the road, but one day they must walk alone.
1) To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee: A young girl comes of age in the Depression-era South.
Scout and Atticus are two of the most memorable characters in literature.
You don't have to do a full five, but how about a Twitter synopsis for at least one of your favorites, and another Tweet explaining what you love about it.